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Nonprofit law center in eastern Kentucky holds flood recovery concert in Lexington

Appalachian Citizens Law Center

A nonprofit law center is among those still recovering from July’s deadly floods. The Appalachian Citizens Law Center's office building was inundated with water and mud in last month’s flooding.

The ACLC represents miners in black lung and mine safety cases.

Hilary Miles is Development Director at A-C-L-C. She said their building was surrounded on all sides by the flood.

“Everything was toppled over, pretty much destroyed, on the first floor. It took several weeks of clean up to sort of, bring it back down to the studs and dry it out,” said Miles.

Miles said before the flood, they planned a 20th anniversary concert to help raise funds to expand their staff. After the flood, they decided to aim the proceeds at fixing up their damaged offices.

“Because we really need our main office building in order to accomplish our work and meet clients and continue meeting our mission, which is of course our ultimate goal,” said Miles.

Miles said the ACLC typically has 450 active black lung cases, 10 to 20 active mine safety cases and a few lengthy environmental justice cases at a time. Miles said ACLC staff is currently working out of a smaller secondary location, but they need to get back into their main location.

The concert is at The Burl in Lexington Saturday evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Proceeds from a silent auction will also go to help make repairs at the nonprofit’s offices.

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Samantha was a reporter and All Things Considered Host from 2019 to 2023. Sam is also a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station.
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